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Born: May 25, 1925

Date of Passing: Aug 01, 2019

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On August 1, 2019, our mother and great-great-grandmother said her final goodbye.
Phyllis Mildred Kaake was born in Saskatchewan on May 25, 1925 to Andrew and Mildred Kaake. She grew up on a farm with two brothers, Herbert and Gordon and a sister Lucille.
Phyllis met George at a dance in Fleming, Manitoba when they were only teenagers. He had just enlisted in the army and was headed overseas so they had to say farewell for now. George wrote to Phyllis regularly while he was at war and their devotion never wavered. When he returned after the war they rekindled their romance and were married in Springcreek, Saskatchewan on August 1, 1946.
They tried farming in Saskatchewan for a few years but eventually moved to Winnipeg in 1953 when George got a job as a bus driver for Winnipeg Transit. Phyllis became a homemaker and they started their family. Phyllis worked when the kids grew up as a waitress and a housekeeper but her heart lay in caring for her family especially George until his death in September, 2009.
Phyllis taught herself how to play the piano and she loved to entertain others. She was also very well read and could tackle any crossword puzzle out there.
Phyllis is predeceased by her parents, her brother Gordon and sister Lucille and son Stanley. Phyllis is survived by her brother Herbert, four children, Linda Klopick, Ken Birchall (Heather), Anita Dupuis and Tammy Roy (Romeo), grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In respect to her wishes, there will be no service and cremation has taken place.
The family would like to thank the staff at Riverside Lions and Misericordia Hospital for their love and care over the last few years of her life.

To those I love and those who loved me.
When I am gone, release me, let me go...
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears;
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave to you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I travelled on alone.

So grieve a while for me if grieve you must;
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on;
So if you need me call and I will come.
Though you can't see me or touch me,
I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear,
All of my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must
come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"welcome home".

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 10, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Dear Ken and Heather, we are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, Ken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. With our sincere sympathy, Connie and Roger - Posted by: Roger and Connie Burch (Friend) on: Aug 14, 2019

  • Condolences on the loss of very kind sweet person! Always felt welcome in your home . Sincere sympathy to all the family. Gerry and Joan Laramee - Posted by: Joan Laramee (Family friend ) on: Aug 12, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to you Linda & your family. Your Mom was such a special lady. She always made me welcome in her home & treated me like one of her own children. RIP Mrs. Birchall. - Posted by: Louise (Mc. Carthy) Beaudry ( Linda’s High School Friend) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • I remember when we were neighbours and your Mom was so good to us. She would stop and pick up all nine of us kids and give us a ride to school in the cold dead of winter. She also let us fill milk cans full of water from your house be cause our water water pump froze up in winter. We were so blessed to have your family as neighbors. Our deepest condolences to your family. Annette McCarthy.🙏 - Posted by: Mccarthy Annette (Memories of my childhood ) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • We were saddened to hear of Auntie Phyllis' passing. We have such great memories of her and will cherish them always. Our deepest condolences to all the family - Posted by: Lauyand Randy Muckosky (Niece) on: Aug 10, 2019

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